Since the First symposium jointly organised by the University of Innsbruck and the University of New Orleans was held in New Orleans in 1982, no fewer than 31 such symposia have taken place, alternating between the two cities.
The symposia have provided a forum for American and Austrian scholars to present and discuss papers on topics of common interest with an emphasis on comparative perspectives. meanwhile, both universities provide for a basic budget, which -if necessary- is enlarged by public and private sponsoring.
From the very beginning, the symposia have been open to the public, and almost all of the conference proceedings have been published, which has taken the exchange of academic discoveries far beyond the two partner institutions.
Transatlantic Lecture Series
Established in 1991, the Transatlantic Lecture series brings scholars from the University of New Orleans to Innsbruck to present lectures of general academic and public interest.
Among the scholars who have participated are Charles Hadley, Stephen Ambrose, Ronal Serpas, and Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller.
In 2002, the Transatlantic Lecture Series became a cultural event when New Orleans blues singer Marva Wright was invited to perform at the fourth New Orleans Festival in Innsbruck.
Overview of Joint Symposia:
Towards a European Constitution? Historical, political, and Comparative Aspects: Europe-US (Innsbruck)
The Westernization-Americanization of Austria in the 20th Century (New Orleans)
Austria and the EU: A Five Year Assessment (Innsbruck)
Satchmo Meets Amadeus:
New Orleans and Salzburg - Two Cities and Their Sounds of Music (New Orleans)
Tourism and Festivals (Innsbruck)
The Marshall Plan in Austria - An Economic and and Social History (New Orleans)
Financial Aspects of Sports: An International Perspective (New Orleans)
Austrian Historical Memory and National Identity (New Orleans)
Ethnic Minorities (New Orleans)
Austria 1949 - 1961 (Innsbruck)
Comparative Urban Revitalization Strategies (New Orleans)
Eurpean Economic Integration (New Orleans)
Urban Development: The American Agenda and the European Experiment (Innsbruck)
From Woman to Mother: The New Politics of the Cradle. EC Internal Market and European Integration (New Orleans)
EC Internal Market and European Integration (Innsbruck)
Education, Technology and Economic Development (New Orleans)
Permanent Education between New Illiteracy and High-Power Technology (Innsbruck)
New Immigrants and Old Minorities (New Orleans)
Migration: Comparative Aspects in Europe and the United States (Innsbruck)
Neutrality: Changing Concepts and Practices (New Orleans)
International banking: The Politics of the Financial Economics Issues (Innsbruck)
Economics and Politics of Industrial Policy (New Orleans)
Religion and Politics (Innsbruck)
Energy and Security Concerns in the Atlantic Community (New Orleans)
New Directions in Economic and Security Policy (Innsbruck)
Tourism and Culture (New Orleans)
Economics and Politics of Health Care (Innsbruck
Federalism and State Rights (New Orleans)
Unions and Democracy (Innsbruck)